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April 1, 1998

Drug ImpairmentDrug-Impaired Professionals

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Robert Holman Coombs, 351 pp, $39.95, ISBN 0-674-21673-3, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(13):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.1042-JBK0401-3-1

Reading and owning Drug-Impaired Professionals, by Robert H. Coombs, would be wise for health professionals because of the great number—lifetime prevalence about 20%—who suffer some form of drug addiction and its consequent personal and professional toll. That toll is exacted not only on the professional but also on family and loved ones, coworkers, staff, patients and their families, and the medical work site generally. It is in the work site, plainly visible, that this extraordinary reference belongs—in physicians' and other health professionals' offices and in hospital and medical school libraries prominently displayed, not hidden on the shelf. Medical societies and state physicians' well-being committees should publicize the book. All professional alliance groups of significant others should become familiar with its huge amount of necessary, detailed information.

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